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  1. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft is bringing home the "soil" samples it grabbed from the surface of asteroid Bennu. These dusty materials will be dropped off by the Nasa probe as it sweeps past the Earth on Sunday. They'll be tucked inside a capsule to protect them from a fiery descent to the US State of Utah.
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    A NASA spacecraft will fly by Earth on Sunday and drop off what is expected to be at least a cupful of rubble it grabbed from the asteroid Bennu, closing out a seven-year quest. The sample capsule will parachute into the Utah desert as its mothership, the Osiris-Rex spacecraft, zooms off for an encounter with another asteroid.
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    Planet Earth is about to receive a special delivery — the biggest sample yet from an asteroid. A NASA spacecraft will fly by Earth on Sunday and drop off what is expected to be at least a cupful of rubble it grabbed from the asteroid Bennu, closing out a seven-year quest.
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    The OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid Bennu pursues the main objective of collecting a substantial regolith from the asteroid’s surface and returning it to Earth for analysis.
    Stardust also flew by and imaged asteroid 5535 Annefrank. The Stardust spacecraft consists of a box-shaped main bus 1.6 m long, 0.66 m wide and 0.66 m deep with a high gain dish antenna attached to one face of the bus. The total mass of the spacecraft including the return capsule and 85 kg of propellant is 385 kg.
    The target of the OSIRIS-REx mission, near-Earth asteroid 101955 Bennu (originally 1999 RQ36), is a primitive B-type carbonaceous asteroid. It is roughly 492 m in diameter and has an orbital period of 436.6 days. Every six years its orbit brings it relatively close to Earth.
    Hayabusa initially surveyed the asteroid's surface from a distance of about 20 km in the "home position", a region roughly on a line connecting the Earth with the asteroid on the sunward side. This is global mapping phase 1, the phase angle during this phase was small, no greater than 20 - 25 degrees.
  3. WebMay 13, 2024 · Henry Brean. Oct 22, 2020 Updated Apr 6, 2021. 1 of 2. A captured video image shows OSIRIS-REx approaching Bennu’s surface. …

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    • Web3 days ago · Description. The primary scientific objective of the Hayabusa (formerly Muses-C) mission is to collect a surface sample of material from the small (550 x 180 meter) asteroid 25143 Itokawa (1998 SF36) and …

    • NASA: Asteroid sample from 200 million miles away lands in Utah

    • OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule - Spaceflight101

      Web2 days ago · OSIRIS-REx adopts the Sample Return Capsule design from Stardust – a NASA mission to comet Wild 2 where it was to collect dust samples. Stardust lifted off in February 1999 and flew by asteroid